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You better hold onto your socks because they are about to be knocked off with this Pistachio Gruyere Chicken Cordon Bleu with Creamy Honey Dijon Sauce.
My mom’s delicious chicken cordon bleu is a staple on her company dinner rotation. It’s always met with an abundance of compliments accompanied by inconspicuous finger licking. With the holiday season coming up and more reasons to have company over for dinner or simply share a special dinner with your family, I wanted to elevate traditional chicken cordon bleu to heights that will make your soaring taste buds giddy.
This Pistachio Gruyere Chicken Cordon Bleu sounds fancy, but is quite simple to make. So simple that even though I had never made chicken cordon bleu before this year, I was almost shocked at how easy it was and how quickly it comes together. Simple and quick enough that it doesn’t just have to be for special occasions – thank goodness or you would be making up special occasions – weekly.
There are a few special ingredients that make this Chicken Cordon Bleu soar.
Finely ground pistachios mixed with Lemon Pepper Panko Breadcrumbs, basil, garlic and onion powder create a crispy, crunchy, nutty breading. If you like pistachios even a little, then I am very, very excited for you to try this new breading.
Next, the Black forest ham adds a nice smokey flavor and then the melty Gruyere cheese pushes this chicken cordon bleu over the edge with its rich, creamy slightly nutty flavor. I highly recommend this cheese but if you want to make this Chicken Cordon Bleu all the time and don’t want to purchase the cheese every time, you can substitute Swiss cheese. But let me give you one more reason to buy Gruyere cheese: Herbed Gruyere Scalloped Potatoes and Bacon Au Gratin. That should do it.
The smoky, cheesy goodness is then rolled up and fastened with toothpicks in preparation to be smothered in honey, Dijon and olive oil…
Not only does this Honey Dijon bath provide the perfect adhesive for the Pistachio Lemon Pepper Panko breading, it keeps the chicken moist while ensuring every cheesy pistachio, chicken, ham bite is complimented with honey and Dijon.
Bake your precious bundles until golden while you prepare your Creamy Honey Dijon Sauce. And I use the word “prepare” very loosely.
This sauce is one of the best parts of the dish. It is finger licking, spoon licking good and literally takes less than 5 minutes to make thanks to new Swanson Cream Starter™. I was just introduced to Swanson Cream Starter and I don’t know if I can ever go back to making a roux again! Not only do the traditional and reduced fat varieties of Swanson Cream Starter™ contain less fat than butter or heavy cream, they are premade creaminess, perfect as the instant base for soups or sauces. Life just got easier.
The Creamy Honey Dijon Sauce is made by simply simmering Swanson Cream Starter™…
Dijon, spicy brown mustard, honey, paprika, cornstarch and some spices until warmed through.
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